See you tonight! Bye! I love you!
I don't know about you but often I yell a quick good bye and am out the door. My youngest will sometime run out and ask for a hug but not always. The last few outings have been different; I've made sure to hug my kids. My husband and I have made sure to kiss.
In the last week, someone I greatly respected and cared about died. My family is shocked and saddened. It has also reminded us that no amount of time on earth is guaranteed. From time to time, we become too comfortable in our lives and in our routines. This can lead us to taking things for granted, especially each other.
Here's my challenge for you:
Hug your kids more, take a second for that kiss from your partner, put the phone down to play, and tell your loved ones you love them daily! I wish it hadn't taken a tragedy to remind me.
Stefanie F. Pisarkiewicz, LPC
Experience and information from a counselor and mother- sharing her two cents on children and teens.